Climbing in Colombia: Suesca, La Mojarra, El Cocuy

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sanarteaga

Trad climber
Bogotá
Topic Author's Original Post - Feb 14, 2011 - 11:29am PT
If you go to Colombia there are 4 places you should consider visiting:

1. Suesca (where it all started in Colombia). About 400 routes: sport, trad, crack, face, 1 pitch to 4 pitches. Beautiful sand stone. 50 minutes away from Bogotá. There is another mainly sport crags nearby Valle de los Halcones (20-30 minutes away).
Suesca, Colombia
Suesca, Colombia
Credit: sanarteaga
Suesca, Colombia
Suesca, Colombia
Credit: sanarteaga


2. Mesa de los Santos (aka. La Mojarra). Surreal location above a beautiful valley. 150 mainly sport routes, red sandstone... Near Bucaramanga.

La Mojarra
La Mojarra
Credit: sanarteaga
La Mojarra, Colombia
La Mojarra, Colombia
Credit: sanarteaga

3. Machetá - Near Bogotá smaller sport crag, super overhanging.

4. El Cocuy. Alpine climbing. Peaks rising above 16500 feet, allowing for high altitude big walls and mountaineering.
Ritacuba Negro, El Cocuy, Colombia
Ritacuba Negro, El Cocuy, Colombia
Credit: sanarteaga

MORE info at:

http://www.monodedo.com/md%20colombia/mdcolombia/dondeescalar.htm


MAGAZINE ARTICLES:

KOOCH MAGAZINE BY HERNÁN WILKE
http://issuu.com/juanlaguna/docs/kooch__abril_2010/1

Its in spanish. Kooch is the leading argentinean rock climbing mag.

CLIMBING MAGAZINE BY Carole Lunny
http://www.climbing.com/exclusive/above/ghosts_the_rock_gods_and_colombian_climbing/index.html

Photos by Sebastian Mejia, Ricardo Ernesto, Nestor Contreras, J. Cruikshank and Carole Lunny - Colombia is a country full of legends and myths, and Suesca, just 45 kilometres north of Bogotá, has its fair share of ghost tales, supernatural drumming, and flying witches. Suesca is a popular weekend destination for climbers of all levels. It is the best area in Colombia for both traditional and sport climbing, and boasts over 400 routes from 5.4 to 5.14. The walls are up to 125 metres high and follow the railway tracks and a small river

VIDEOS:

Climbing Colombia 1/2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmsmZTKiQcw

Climbing Colombia 2/2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUewLBwxht0

hoipolloi

climber
A friends backyard with the neighbors wifi
Feb 14, 2011 - 12:11pm PT
The last photo looks...scary...


Beautiful locations though!
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